Consignment shops for professional clothes?

banana republic labelJessica R emails:

I'm looking for a local consignment shop to sell some clothes I've grown out of. I know that Plato's closet targets teenagers, but I was wondering if there is a better option that targets professional women. I have some clothes from J.Crew, Banana Republic, etc, that I'm hoping I could get a better price for at the right consignment shop.

Any suggestions for Jessica? Please share!


Right next door to Plato's Closet is "Clothes Mentor" it's the adult version of their original store. They pay generously but they are picky about quality so make sure everything is spotless.

Clothes Mentor, right next to Platos Closet. They buy higher end professional women's clothes.

The Clothes Mentor, which is right next to Plato's Closet in Albany, is the same concept as Plato's but geared to adult women - i.e. banana, jcrew, gap...

What about Great Finds at the corner of Washington and Henry Johnson?

New 2 U in Latham:

1202 Troy Schenectady Road
(518) 785-0028

Another for Clothes Mentor. I think there is also a place on Western Ave in Guilderland that is near Athos (same side) that does consignment. Not really my style, but another option.

New 2 You on Troy Schenectady Road, a little past Faddegon's when you're going west, has terrific clothes at very reasonable prices. Check it out.

The Closet Shop on Delaware in Delmar (near 333 Cafe) has nice stuff. I've never sold there but their stuff is good quality.

@Emily (and others), regarding "pay generously" vs "spotless", so you think I should go get things dry cleaned before bringing it there? I'm trying to decide if something that costs $4-$8 to dry clean will be a good return on investment.

Fifi's frock's and Frills, western ave, across from Athos

If you don't mind a little drive, Melinda's Consignments in Chatham (right on Main St.) is fantastic.

There is Liz's Closet on Route 20 in Guilderland. I have taken things there. Also - if you are willing to donate instead of sell, Dress for Success on Sheridan Avenue in Albany accepts professional suits and separates to give to women who need something appropriate for a job interview and those first few days on the job until they can get a paycheck and buy some professional clothes. I think this is a great way to provide a hand-up to someone who is trying hard but might be struggling. Here is their link:

@Linda: That sounds like a great charity. Thanks for sharing!

Well, all I know about things being spotless is that they wouldn't take a wool coat because it needed to be lint rolled, also they pointed out a small stain on the inside of the purse I brought in and said if I wiped it with a shout wipe and brought it back they'd take it. So basically they want to buy your items and immediately place them on the floor, no processing needed.

But they did take a pair of well loved Isaac Mizrahi boots for $12 which I thought was fair (especially since I probably paid about $25 for them at Target 4 years ago)

Does anyone know of any places that buy outright like the Clothes Mentor for children's items? For clothing toys furniture and accessories? Anywhere within 50 miles of Albany would be helpful! Thanks, Shannon

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